MN State Sports

SUMMER JOBS: Minnesota Gophers teammates patrol zoo

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Winston DeLattiboudere and Jerry Gibson, as defensive ends for Minnesota, will be engaging their share of daunting blockers on the field this fall. Those oversized and overpowering offensive linemen in the Big Ten were the least of ...

5 of 6 QBs in Vikings-Broncos matchup have Denver roots

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Vikings-Broncos exhibition Saturday night features more intrigue than the typical preseason opener. Denver QB Case Keenum gets to face his former teammates whom he helped reach the NFC championship before management ...

Cave’s grand slam lifts Twins past Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins' blueprint for 2018 included a dynamic young center fielder making great plays on defense and coming up with big hits. Of course, that role was supposed to be filled by Byron Buxton, once considered the top prospect in baseball. Instead, the Twins are ...

Kenny Perry wins 3M Championship for third and final time

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Kenny Perry created more drama than he wanted Sunday in the last 3M Championship. He closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the PGA Tour Champions event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour's 3M Open. Also the 2014 and 2015 winner at TPC Twin Cities, ...

Berrios goes 7 as Twins beat Royals

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler had three hits, including a two-run homer that put Minnesota ahead to stay, and Jose Berrios threw seven sharp innings to help the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Saturday night. Eddie Rosario and Logan Morrison ...

Perry shoots 12-under 60 for lead in Champions Tour event

By Mike Cook Associated Press BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Across the Atlantic Ocean last weekend, Kenny Perry was already looking ahead to this weekend’s 3M Championship. With all his accomplishments at the TPC Twin Cities, who could blame him? Perry shot a 12-under-par 60 Saturday and leads ...

Jerry Smith shoots 64, leads by 2 at 3M Championship

By Mike Cook Associated Press BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Jerry Smith said his opening round at the TPC Twin Cities wasn’t as stress-free as it might have appeared. Nonetheless, Smith made three late birdies to shoot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Friday and take a two-shot lead at the 3M ...

Encarnacion, Ramirez lead Indians past Twins, 6-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion combined to drive in five runs and Trevor Bauer earned his 10th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Tuesday. One day after hitting a pair of homers against the Twins, Ramirez's bat stayed hot at Target Field. He ...

Dodgers get Dozier from Twins

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers made another addition to their infield, acquiring power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday for infielder Logan Forsythe and two minor leaguers shortly before ...

Vikings, Diggs reach deal on 5-year extension

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have secured yet another core player with a long-term contract, signing wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a five-year extension and moving the star of the “Minneapolis Miracle” pass into the NFL’s top 10 ...

Eovaldi sharp in Red Sox debut; Boston beats Twins 3-0

BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi is ready to be back in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. He knows he'll have the fans on his side in Fenway Park, too, especially after his debut with Boston. Eovaldi pitched seven impressive innings, J.D. Martinez drove in all three runs to increase his major ...

Betts’ first career walk-off homer tops Twins in 10th

By Doug Alden Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Betts' first career game-ending homer capped a wild last few innings. The Twins rallied ...

WNBA All-Stars, gathered in Minnesota, proud of bigger brand

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore, arms outstretched and her right hand gripping a basketball, has been on billboards this summer in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. She’s in the same “wings” pose as the classic photo of Michael Jordan, whose Nike ...

Twins use 6-run 11th to beat Blue Jays

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Max Kepler drove in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a five-run 11th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Blue Jays 12-6 on Wednesday to complete their first sweep at Toronto in more than 15 ...

Wild bring back Zucker on 5-year, $27.5M contract

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold turned over the team more than two months ago to general manager Paul Fenton, he was adamant the roster was strong enough to resist a rebuild. Enhancements to the fringe and commitments to the core have been the ...

WNBA picks Brunson to sub for ill Ogwumike on All-Star team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson has been picked as an All-Star Game injury replacement for Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, who’s been sidelined by an illness. The WNBA announced Wednesday that Brunson will join Candace Parker’s team, which will face ...

Perez homers, Royals hold off Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez homered, reliever Brian Flynn picked up the win with three scoreless innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Saturday night. The Royals won back-to-back games for the first time since May 29-30. Perez belted his 14th homer ...

Minnesota Wild, defenseman Dumba agree to 5-year, $30M deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Wild and Matt Dumba have agreed on a five-year, $30 million deal to keep the 23-year-old defenseman in Minnesota after a breakout year. General manager Paul Fenton announced the deal Saturday with the restricted free agent. Dumba had 14 goals and 36 assists to go ...

Twins rally in 9th comes up short against Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lucas Duda homered and drove in three runs, Danny Duffy earned his first home win in 11 months and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Duda's two-out single in the first inning scored Whit Merrifield and Jorge ...

Dozier’s grand slam in 10th gives Twins 11-7 win over Rays

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier wrapped up a wild back-and-forth finish with the game-winning grand slam for Minnesota. After 3½ months of setbacks and slumps, the Twins finally have some momentum heading into the All-Star break. Dozier drove in five runs for the Twins, including the slam ...